So after initial reports were at best lukewarm, a wanted to wait a little bit to see how T-rex would shake out. Being someone that smokes at home a few times a year, I relly enjoy good BBQ, but I want something easier than doing it myself.
I finally made it yesterday afternoon for lunch. I was there midafternoon and the place was practically empty, so it was a low bar for service which was fine but not notable in anyway.
We ordered a starter of the cayenne BBQ riblets, the pulled pork sandwich and brisket sandwich. Racer 5 IPA washing it all down.
Riblets - a distinctive cayenne flavor sauce was reasonably balanced with enough vinegar to work well. Very well done - what I assume was called burnt ends on the original menu. The sauce was hot (spicy) without being overwhelming.
Pulled Pork - nicely pulled pork in a good quality (moderately dense bun). The sauce was nondescript. I was amazed at how little smoke flavor was in the pork. BBQ chips were good.
Brisket - generous serving of brisket in the same bun as the pork. The meat again had no signs of being smoked. I could have made this brisket in an electric oven. The horseradish sauce was the only thing to cut the rich brisket and add an additional favor component to the bread and rich meat. Potato salad was nice, albeit very mayo version - a bit much with the rich meat too.
I do not understand how so much money is spent on top of the line smoking equipment and none of our orders from the smoker could be identified as smoked? I can slow cook things at home with ease, but well tended smoking takes a different level of effort. I also did not see much wood around the restaurant - I would imagine that is an important component, I hope there are large quantities in the back somewhere.
Overall, the meal was fine - but dissapointing considering the potential. The meal: a starter, 2 sandwiches and 3 beers - $55 with tax and tip. An expensive lunch to not be excited about. I'll go back in maybe 6 months and see if things are any better.